Apple patent filings exclusively sourced by uSwitch Tech confirm the tech giant’s rumoured plans to introduce a reversible Lightning Cable with the iPhone 6.
Shots of the cable appeared online yesterday, care of liege of leaks and supply-chain sage Sonny Dickson. The central alignment of the Lightning Cable’s USB connector in the photos was interpreted by bloggers and tech pundits as a sign that the next-gen cables will be reversible.
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In this case ‘reversible’ means users can ‘blindly’ plug their cable into a USB slot and won’t have to worry if they’re putting it in the ‘right way’.
Today, patent filings we unearthed with the assistance of Dickson rubber-stamp those reports of reversible connectivity beyond doubt.
The filing details what it describes as a “double orientation design” that “enables the plug connector to be inserted into a corresponding receptacle connector in either of two intuitive orientations”.
Translated from opaque legalese, that means it’ll automatically align to the ‘correct way’ so you won’t have to fiddle around trying to get the cable the right way up.
So what are the benefits of this? What’s Apple attempting here?
Well, as the patent details, it’ll not only limit “user frustration”, it’ll also “reduce the potential for USB connector damage” caused by attempting to force your Lightning Connector into an uncooperative slot.
Of course, that’s not the only thing Apple has to gain, though.
The patent and the USP it enshrines also gives customers another solid-gold reason to buy official Apple Lightning Connectors instead of the device-damaging third-party ones, which will be a nice little earner for Cupertino.
What else to expect from Apple’s device now looks likely to become apparent on September 9th, when the handset is set to be unveiled in its 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iterations.